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Camping with Kids Ellensburg WA

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Rock'n'tomahawk Ranch
(509) 962-2403
2590 Upper Green Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA
 
Yakima River Rv Park
(509) 925-4734
791 Ringer Loop
Ellensburg, WA
 
Yakima River Rv Park
(509) 925-4734
Ellensburg, WA
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
River Fishing

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E & J RV Park*
(509) 933-1500
901 Berry Rd
Ellensburg, WA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Hot Tub, Tennis, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Whispering Pines RV Park
(509) 674-7278
Cle Elum, WA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, River Fishing, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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College Courts
(509) 925-1995
913 E 10th Ave # 14
Ellensburg, WA
 
Mountain River Trails Camping
(509) 674-4383
1000 Mountain River Trls Rd
Cle Elum, WA
 
KOA-Ellensburg
(800) 562-7616
Ellensburg, WA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Boating, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Play Equipment, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Wenatchee National Forest (Wish Poosh Campground)
(509) 674-4411
Cle Elum, WA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Wenatchee National Forest (Bumping Lake Campground)
(509) 672-2320
American River, WA
Campground Availability
May thru Oct
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

little campers

My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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